The Department of History offers students from any major a rewarding educational experience. As they seek to recover and interpret the past in all of its messy and fascinating manifestations, historians read a lot, write a lot, and speak a lot; thus developing critical thinking skills which allow them to pursue successful careers not only as historians, archivists, and curators/museum professionals but also as lawyers, entrepreneurs, government officials, and leaders in the nonprofit sector.

Our 20 full-time faculty members have written award-winning books and articles on research topics ranging from the military in ancient China to public health in Latin America to the grasslands of the Great Plains. While we commend research, we also emphasize and prioritize teaching. More than a quarter of our faculty have won university-wide teaching awards. The majority of our classes are small, which means that our students get plenty of attention, and undergraduate history majors are assigned individual faculty advisors to help them navigate their way to successful completion of their degree.

Our major is designed to be broad, requiring students to take classes that vary widely across time and place, but the department has particular strengths in military, agricultural/environmental, and religious history. To declare a history major or double-major, please visit the Office of the Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences in 117 Eisenhower Hall.

We are pleased to also offer history as a minor with a requirement of 21 hours of coursework. To declare a minor, please stop by the History Department Office in 208 Eisenhower Hall.

We hope you will stop by the Department Office (208 EH) anytime you have questions.  Office staff are available Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and we would be happy to help you succeed at K-State by talking with you about our course offerings, scholarships, and graduate program.

-Dr. Louise Breen Chair, Department of History



News Archive


PHI BETA KAPPA -  The Department of History extends it's congratulations to four of our history majors who have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a mark of extraordinarily high academic achievement:  Lucy McDonald, Austin Howard Peterson, Lindsey Nicole Schmeidler, Brittney Lynn Talkington.  A job well done!


FLINT HILLS HISTORY CONFERENCE, March 26-27, 2015.  The Annual Flint Hills History Conference is a joint effort by K-State and KU grad students.  They attempt to draw attention to new scholarship in various fields of history, and to provide a welcoming environment for new, upcoming, and existing scholars to share their research.

The welcome reception and keynote address Friday evening will be held at the Beach Museum of Art on K-State campus.  The conference on Saturday is from 9 am - 5 pm and will be held on the 2nd floor of the K-State Union.

Everyone is welcome.  Please check out the link for more information. https://flinthillshistconf.wordpress.com



David Stone, Pickett professor of history, has published "The Russian Army in the Great War:  The Eastern Front, 1914-1917.

Pulling together original research and Russian-language scholarship otherwise inaccessible to an American audience, Stone's book puts the successes and failures of the Russian war effort into comparative perspective.


Robert D. Linder, University Distinguished Professor, has been invited to deliver the keynote address, "Standing Civil Religion on It's Head:  The View from the Antipodes" at an annual celebration of Anzac Day in Australia on April 24th.

Anzac Day in Australia is the equivalent of Independence Day in the US.  The celebration will occur on the day before this year's Anzac Day at Emmanuel College at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.


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